Presidential Roles Name ______________________________________________________ Period _____ 1) For each role of the President, first answer these 2 questions: Who is he working with when performing this role? What actions is he doing in this role? 2) Then discuss and answer the questions that follow: Head of State Who with? Doing what? 1) How is the position of head of state different in the United States than in many other nations? Why do you think this is significant? Chief Executive Who with? Doing what? 2) Why might executive orders be considered controversial powers of the Presidency? What is your opinion of whether presidents should be able to exercise this power? Chief Legislator Who with? Doing what? 3) Should presidents, like state governors, be given the power to line-item veto bills? Why or why not? Economic Planner Who with? Doing what? 4) Why do you think the president is given/handles the task of preparing a budget for Congress to debate and pass? Party Leader Who with? Doing what? 5) How might the president’s duty as party leader conflict with that of chief executive (or head of state), especially given the current make-up of Congress? Chief Diplomat Who with? Doing what? 6) Do you think that the US government should formally recognize the government of Cuba? Why or why not? Commander-in-Chief Who with? Doing what? 7) What benefits exist as a result of the president’s control of the armed forces? What are the drawbacks? Being as objective as possible… **Of all presidential roles, which do you feel President Obama BEST performs? Why? ** If you had to choose one, which does he need to improve upon? Why?